From Washington OER Project by Digital Learning Department, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction :
As the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics are implemented, school districts will be looking for instructional material to meet the new standards. Open Educational Resources (OER) may help fill that need.
Open educational resources (OER) are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, and research. In April 2012, the Washington State Legislature passed bill HB2337, directing the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction(OSPI) to create a collection of openly licensed courseware aligned to the common-core standards and an associated awareness campaign to inform school districts about these resources.
The bill directs the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to support the 295 WA K-12 school districts in learning about and adopting existing open educational resources (OER) aligned with WA and common core curricular standards.
The bill also directs OSPI to “provide professional development programs that offer support, guidance, and instruction regarding the creation, use, and continuous improvement of open courseware.”
For OSPI OER Project, Cable Green made a powerful presentation about open educational resources. Must read.